A look around at our coronavirus-obsessed world leaves those of us still possessing common sense with one question: What on earth have we become?
This question arises when viewing videos such as this one, where a pregnant, Catholic mother refusing to wear a mask is cited for trespassing during a Mass in Dallas, Texas. This young woman broke neither the mandates of the governor of that state nor of the bishop of that diocese, but was nevertheless reported to the police in the middle of Mass by the pastor of the parish. One of the ushers reportedly shouted, “Arrest her!” and then went to the parking lot to record her license plate number.
Three police officers—three!—showed up to haul her out of Mass and accuse her of violating the regulations of a business, i.e. the church. They then issued her a ticket for trespassing, forbidding her attendance at any future services at that church.
I’m not indulging in hyperbole when I say that some among us have lost their minds. Like fashionistas, who devote themselves to the intricate workings of the fashion industry, we now have “Coronavistas” in our midst, devoted to upholding the precise regulations which allegedly help prevent the spread of the virus.
Here in Virginia the nonsense continues. Nearly everyone in the local grocery store wears a mask. If you want to buy a bottle of vodka from the ABC store, put on a mask. In the coffee shop and other restaurants I sometimes visit, patrons are required to wear a mask when entering those establishments, but may then remove the mask throughout the course of their meal. Why is that? Does the virus only attack human beings on their feet?
My local library requires patrons to wear a mask and it also quarantines all returned books for three days. For months, they quarantined books for five days, but they have now reduced that time. Were either of those book quarantine times based on science? If we can catch the virus from a book, then the librarians shouldn’t allow visitors like me to roam the library shelves, touching book after book.
Meanwhile, in a tiny convenience store off the beaten path in my town, no one—not the owners, not the employees, not the customers—wears a mask. I go there frequently for various supplies, and as far as I know, none of these folks have keeled over from COVID-19. Do country folks and rednecks know more than our experts?
Thankfully it seems that some experts have not lost their minds and become “Coronavistas.” Dr. Scott Atlas is one of these, and in an article written for Hillsdale College’s Imprimis, he assails the mainstream media and the medical establishment’s advocacy of masks, closures, and lockdowns. He accuses publications like the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Science of being contaminated by politics.